Bucket List Challenge - Tracking Thread

57. Almaty

The next destination is the most populated city in Kazakhstan, Almaty. This beautiful city located in the South East of the country is surrounded by the Pik Talgar mountains to the South and Lake Sorbulaq to the North, which allows for plenty of locations if you are a fan of hiking. If you manage to scale the mountains you will be greeted with a gorgeous view of Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan just across the border and on a good day you might even see the top of Bogeda Peak in China. In the winter the hiking trails in the mountains quickly become ski slopes and with plenty of ski resorts around there is no shortage of fun! So pack your ski boots and woolly hats because we are going to Kazakhstan!

Route

Outbound: Hong Kong International Airport - Almaty International Airport
Return: Almaty International Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) - Almaty International Airport (UAAA)

Aircraft: Air Astana B767-300ER (Closest aircraft in IF is the B767-300 and will be Generic due to lack of livery)
Departure Time: 0145 Zulu/ 0945 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Main Gate S29
Runway of Departure: 25L
Cruise Altitude: 36,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Expected Arrival Runway: 05R
Estimated Flight Time: 5 Hours and 38 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 5 Hours and 11 Minutes

Departing Hong Kong for Kazakhstan

Cruising Over Central China

Crossing the Border from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan

Parked Up with a Beautiful Mountain Range in the Back

Almaty International Airport (UAAA) - Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH)

Aircraft: Air Astana B757-200
Departure Time: 0935 Zulu/ 1735 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Gate 5
Runway of Departure: 05R
Cruise Altitude: 35,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.80
Expected Arrival Runway: 25R
Estimated Flight Time: 5 Hours and 38 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 5 Hours and 3 Minutes

Departing Almaty with @Fourthnebula919 Leading the Way

Climbing Out Over the Border with Kyrgyzstan

Cruising Over the Gobi Desert

Parked Up Back in Hong Kong

Thank you to all who watched this destination take flight!

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58. Denver

The next destination on the list is the state capital of Colorado, Denver! This route was a suggestion for @xXDuhItzMacXx, always lovely to get a route from the IFC! I am sure most of you, if not all already know where Denver is and what is so good about this wonderous city, but if you don’t, then I am more than happy to tell you! This city is not only at the foot of Mount Evans and Mount Lincoln, but also has easy access to plenty of National Forests and State Parks which offer some picturesque scenery and beautiful views! But if the hustle and bustle of the city is what attracts you more there is plenty of museums and sights to see in the city too including the City Park! So make sure to pack your camera and hiking boots because we are heading to Denver!

Route

Outbound: Hong Kong International Airport - Newark Liberty International Airport - Denver International Airport
Return: Denver International Airport - Newark Liberty International Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) - Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR)

Aircraft: Cathay Pacific A350-900
Departure Time: 1355 Zulu/ 2155 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Main Gate S29
Runway of Departure: 25L
Cruise Altitude: 39,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Expected Arrival Runway: 22R
Estimated Flight Time: 16 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 15 Hours and 8 Minutes

Climbing Out of Hong Kong Towards the US

Passing Over Northern China

Entering Canada from the North

Cruising Over the Canadian Northern Islands

Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) - Denver International Airport (KDEN)

Aircraft: United Airlines B737-900
Departure Time: 0410 Zulu/ 1210 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Gate C81
Runway of Departure: 4L
Cruise Altitude: 34,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 16R
Estimated Flight Time: 3 Hours and 45 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 3 Hours and 23 Minutes

Climbing Out of Newark

Descending into Denver in Front of the Mountains

Touchdown in Denver

Parked up in Colorado

Denver International Airport (KDEN) - Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR)

Aircraft: United Airlines B737-900
Departure Time: 0930 Zulu/ 1730 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: B Concourse Gate 47
Runway of Departure: 17R
Cruise Altitude: 33,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 4L
Estimated Flight Time: 3 Hours and 45 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 3 Hours and 10 Minutes

Departing Denver with @Swithord

Climbing Out with the Mountains in the Back

Cruising Over Illinois

Butter into Newark

Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) - Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH)

Aircraft: Cathay Pacific A350-900
Departure Time: 1555 Zulu/ 2355 HKT
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Gate B57
Runway of Departure: 22R
Cruise Altitude: 38,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Expected Arrival Runway: 07L
Estimated Flight Time: 16 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 15 Hours and 12 Minutes

Loading Up for the Long Flight Back

Climbing Out of Newark Back to Hong Kong

Cruising Over the Hills in Northern China

Parked Up After a Long Flight

Thank you to all who watched this destination take flight!

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59. Langkawi

The next destination on the list is an island located in the North of Malaysia near the Thai border, Langkawi! This is one of my destinations and is very dear to me as it was one of the first and few trips I have taken on my own and I would love to go back and spend some more time exploring the parts of the island and surrounding islands I missed! Since I have been here before the picture used is one that I have taken and for every destination I have been that I have a picture for (some I will not through upgrading my phone) I will use one of my pictures. This island is full of some fantastic views, especially from the Langkawi Skybridge which gives you a full 360 view of the island and on a good day even offers you views of mainland Malaysia and Thailand. With its golden sand beaches, mountainous beauty and delicious night market treats this destination is one that I highly recommend you add to your bucketlist! This island is also very peculiar in the way that the entire island is duty free so if you are in need of some cheap booze that is expensive at home, this is the place for you! Since I have actually flown to this destination IRL we shall be copying the route I used with the exact same aircraft. So bring your shopping bag and pack your camera because we are heading to Malaysia!

Route

Outbound: Hong Kong International Airport - Kuala Lumpur International Airport - Langkawi International Airport
Return: Langkawi International Airport - Kuala Lumpur International Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK)

Aircraft: Malaysian Airlines B737-800
Departure Time: 1040 Zulu/ 1840 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Midfield Concourse Gate D213
Runway of Departure: 07R
Cruise Altitude: 34,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 32R
Estimated Flight Time: 3 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 3 Hours and 33 Minutes

Two One World Aircraft at HKIA

Cruising Over the South East Asian Atolls

Touchdown in the Malaysian Capital

Parked Up and Ready to Transfer

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK) - Langkawi International Airport (WMKL)

Aircraft: Malaysian Airlines B737-800
Departure Time: 1500 Zulu/ 2300 HKT
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Gate A06
Runway of Departure: 14R
Cruise Altitude: 28,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 03
Estimated Flight Time: 1 Hour and 00 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 57 Minutes

@Swithord Leading the Way to Langkawi

Passing Over Penang Island

On Final Surrounded by Islands

Parked Up in Langkawi with @Swithord

Langkawi International Airport (WMKL) - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK)

Aircraft: Malaysian Airlines B737-800
Departure Time: 0245 Zulu/ 1045 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Gate 04
Runway of Departure: 21
Cruise Altitude: 29,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 32R
Estimated Flight Time: 1 Hour and 00 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 1 Hours and 4 Minutes

Departing Langkawi for a Short Hop Back to KL

Climbing Out Over the Islands

Cruising Over the Malaysian Mainland

Touchdown in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (WMKK) - Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH)

Aircraft: Malaysian Airlines A330-300 (Generic due to lack of livery)
Departure Time: 0420 Zulu/ 1220 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Gate C12
Runway of Departure: 32R
Cruise Altitude: 35,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.82
Expected Arrival Runway: 25R
Estimated Flight Time: 3 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 3 Hours and 39 Minutes

Departing Kuala Lumpur Back to Hong Kong

Passing the South East Asian Islands Again

Absolute Butter on Arrival in Hong Kong

Parked Up After our Malaysian Adventure

Thank you to all who watched this destination take flight!

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60. Madrid

The next destination on the list is the capital of Spain, Madrid! This beautiful is full of old European styles of architecture and some lovely views, however this city will hold some special memories for football fans in Europe, especially is you support Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid. This city is on many football fans bucket lists so they can sit in the stands of the Santiago Bernabéu and experience the electric atmosphere. So pack your bags and prepare to sing along to some of the local football chants, because we are heading to Madrid!

Route

Outbound: Hong Kong International Airport - Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Return: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) - Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD)

Aircraft: Cathay Pacific A350-1000 (Closest aircraft in IF is the A350-900)
Departure Time: 1420 Zulu/ 2220 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Main Gate S31
Runway of Departure: 07R
Cruise Altitude: 38,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Expected Arrival Runway: 18R
Estimated Flight Time: 13 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 12 Hours and 40 Minutes

3 Heavies at Hong Kong Airport with the Queen Taking Off

Climbing Out of Hong Kong Towards Spain

Cruising Over Northern Kazakhstan

Parked Up After Another Long Flight

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD) - Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH)

Aircraft: Cathay Pacific A350-900
Departure Time: 0410 Zulu/ 1210 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 4S Gate 522
Runway of Departure: 32R
Cruise Altitude: 39,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Expected Arrival Runway: 25R
Estimated Flight Time: 13 Hours and 37 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 11 Hours and 50 Minutes

Departing Madrid with @Fourthnebula919

Passing the Alps as we Depart Europe

Cruising Over Southern Kazakhstan

Parked Up in Hong Kong with @Fourthnebula919 After a Long Flight

Thank you to all who watched this destination take flight!

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Progress Map

Unfortunately because the mapping site being used for the thread has been closed (unclear for how long) I am having to change the site to another similar version.

Routes 51-60

All Route Flown

Now that we have completed 60 destinations of the challenge I will post the next progress map. Thank you all for following this challenge and I can not wait to bring more destinations to life! It is incredible that we have managed to reach a half century and can not wait to get the full century. Hope you all are enjoying the series!

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61. Saint Helena

The next destination on the list is a small island off the West coast of Africa, Saint Helena! This island has become famous around the world for its appearances in many documentaries, highlighting it as a stunning place for hiking and relaxing holidays for travellers around the world. While this small island is extremely remote and extremely far from the next island, there is regular flights run by Airlink from Johannesburg, meaning this island isn’t completely cut off from the rest of the world. However, once you are on this island it is possible you will never want to leave as the views, hiking trails and if you know how to sail, the sailing possibilities are enough to have you retire young and happily! So put on your boat shoes and pop a glass of the bubbly because we are heading to Saint Helena!

Route

Outbound: Hong Kong International Airport - O. R. Tambo International Airport - Saint Helena Airport
Return: Saint Helena Airport - O. R. Tambo International Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH) - O. R. Tambo International Airport (FAOR)

Aircraft: South African Airways A340-300 (Closest aircraft in IF is the A340-600)
Departure Time: 0205 Zulu/ 1005 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Terminal 1 Main Gate W42
Runway of Departure: 25L
Cruise Altitude: 36,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.82
Expected Arrival Runway: 21R
Estimated Flight Time: 13 Hours and 49 Minutes
Actual Flight Time: 12 Hours and 40 Minutes

Departing Hong Kong for South Africa

Cruising Over the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Butter into Johannesburg

Parked Up in a Busy Johannesburg After a Long Flight

O. R. Tambo International Airport (FAOR) - Saint Helena Airport (FHSH)

Aircraft: Airlink E190 (Generic due to lack of livery)
Departure Time: 1220 Zulu/ 2020 HKT (Departed)
Server: Expert Server
Gate of Departure: Alpha Apron Terminal 1 Gate A8
Runway of Departure: 03L
Cruise Altitude: 34,000ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.78
Expected Arrival Runway: 02
Estimated Flight Time: 4 Hours and 30 Minutes

Please feel free to join us on the second leg of this journey!

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I’ve been looking for this website for ages, could you please let me know what it is? Thanks!

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The website is currently down and I am wondering if it has been closed as there is a new website seemingly the same by a company if not the same, very similar. Might change over to that website I will DM what I find as I am digging into what has happened this afternoon.